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DETROIT, MI - JULY 18:  Pitcher Cody Allen #37 of the Cleveland Indians is congratulated by manager Terry Francona #17 after a 9-3 win over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on July 18, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

A Look At The Tribe’s Bullpen

Last season, the Indians’ bullpen was one of the team’s greatest assets and, despite having no real high profile names, it was one of the best bullpens in all of baseball. The pen’s 3.12 ERA ranked 7th in all of baseball, as did their 504 strikeouts. It was also one of the most used bullpens […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 10: Catcher Yan Gomes #10 of the Cleveland Indians throws out Emilio Bonifacio #64 of the Kansas City Royals at first during the seventh inning at Progressive Field on September 10, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

A Deeper Look Into the Indians Catchers

In 2014, there was a lot of confusion behind the plate on days that Yan Gomes didn’t start. The Indians began the year with none but Carlos Santana, who was also the starting third baseman, available as the reserve catcher, but it didn’t take long for that plan to fail. In addition, George Kottaras, Roberto […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 23: Nick Swisher #33 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the Minnesota Twins as Twins catcher Chris Herrmann #12 covers home plate during the eighth inning of their game on August 23, 2013 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Twins defeated the Indians 5-1. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Swisher Adds Bunting To His Game

No news is good news in the early days of Spring Training as practices are getting underway and the Indians camp (outside of the Trevor Bauer drone controversy) has been silent so far. One point of interest before position players are even officially supposed to be in camp is that Nick Swisher has been working […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 3: Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians pitches in the second inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Progressive Field on August 3, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

What Should We Expect From Trevor Bauer?

Trevor Bauer‘s short career has not gone as well as he and the two franchises he has played for had hoped it would. In 34 career big league starts, Bauer is 7-12 with 4.44 ERA (4.39 FIP), he’s struck out 8.26 batters per 9 innings but has walked 4.30 batters per nine, while giving up […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 9: Third baseman Jose Ramirez #62 of the Cleveland Indians makes a throwing error to first on a ground ball hit by Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning at Progressive Field on September 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

A Deeper Look at Cleveland’s Middle Infielders

In 2014, the Indians committed 116 errors and maintained a .981 fielding percentage, both good for last place in the entire league. Of those errors, Asdrubal Cabrera was guilty of committing 14 and lowered the team fielding percentage by contributing a terrible 963. Cabrera, to put it lightly, was terrible as a defensive shortstop, but […]

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 14:  Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway #32 talks with pitcher Scott Atchison #48 during the sixth inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 14, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Indians 6-4.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Pitchers & Catchers Report Today

There are many big dates in the baseball year. Opening Day, the All-Star break, the amateur draft and others but the one phrase that equates to the beginning of the baseball season is “pitchers and catchers report today.” It is irrelevant that most of the hurlers and back-stops have been in Goodyear for weeks, with […]

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 20: Left fielder Michael Brantley #23 of the Cleveland Indians catches a fly ball hit by Colby Rasmus #28 of the Toronto Blue Jays during the sixth inning Progressive Field on April 20, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Blue Jays 6-4.   (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

A Look at the Indians 2015 Outfielders

There appears to be no shortage of available players who can potentially suit up to spend some time in the outfield for the Cleveland Indians in 2015. In fact, there looks to be a surplus, barring a trade at this point. But since we’re considering who is available now there might be a few guys who […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 18: Bruce Chen #52 of the Kansas City Royals tags out Mike Aviles #4 of the Cleveland Indians as Aviles tries to bunt his way on in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium on September 18, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Indians Sign Bruce Chen

According to Jon Heyman on Twitter: Bruce Chen agrees to minors deal with Indians. $1M base, plus $1M performance bonuses — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS)

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 30: Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates with his team after scoring on a double against the Kansas City Royals in the fourth inning on August, 30, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)

Where are you Kipnis?

Unlike the last rebound candidate, Nick Swisher, there is much less history with Jason Kipnis as he has played only three full seasons in the pros. But similar to Swisher, Kipnis had an injury in 2014 that significantly affected his swing. After straining his right oblique in April, Kipnis’ batting took a bad turn for […]

DENVER, CO - JUNE 9:  Starting pitcher Gavin Floyd #32 of the Atlanta Braves delivers to home plate during the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 9, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

A Look at the Indians 2015 Starting Rotation

If the Indians are to make their second playoff appearance in three seasons, it will be largely due to the starting rotation picking up where it left off in the second half of 2014. The Tribe will enter 2015 with the same group of pitchers it ended 2014 with, avoiding the uncertainty that plagued last […]

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 02:  Nick Swisher #33 of the Cleveland Indians sits on the ground after doing a split to make a double play against the Tampa Bay Rays during the American League Wild Card game at Progressive Field on October 2, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

A Deeper Look Into the Indians Corner Infield & DH

With most of the Indians starting positions firmly established, this group of hitters is one of the most interesting going into the 2015 season. Every significant member of the team who played either third base, first base or DH in 2014 is returning for the 2015 (Jason Giambi and Chris Gimenez are the only insignificant […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Center fielder Michael Bourn #24 of the Cleveland Indians catches a fly ball hit by Jonathan Villar #6 of the Houston Astros during the first inning at Progressive Field on September 20, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The True Cost of WAR

There have been a lot of comparisons of a player’s salary to a player’s WAR, but instead of an all-encompassing look at what each win is worth, the chart below compares each team in the American League’s top three players financially to their production on the field. Rather than use actual numbers, in order to […]

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 21: Catcher Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals watches as Michael Brantley #23 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two-run home run during the fourth inning at Progressive Field on April 21, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Mythbusters: Offseason Acquisitions

February isn’t a particularly exciting time for baseball fans as the vast majority of off-season trades and signings have already occurred and things are beginning to wind down in preparation for Spring Training. As pitchers and catchers prepare to report, much is written around the baseball blogosphere about a particular player claiming to be in […]

Aviles - Bourn - Swisher

Potential 25 Man Roster for 2015

With pitchers and catchers reporting in just a couple weeks, things are about to get pretty crazy. There are your regular starters, others competing for a more important role or simply a job, Spring Training invites and cotton fields full of minor leaguers. In an effort to keep all that straight in one place, we […]

VIERA, FL - FEBRUARY 21:  Destin Hood #81 of the Washington Nationals poses during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium on February 21, 2009 in Viera, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

The Golden Ticket: 2015 Spring Training Invitees

Every year, the Indians do their diligence in acquiring the low risk, low reward players known as Spring Training invitees. These are generally players signed to a minor league contract with an out clause if they don’t make the team within a month or so of the season starting. While these are often veterans looking […]

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